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Uther Lightbringer represents the Paladin Paladin class in Hearthstone.

Lore

Uther Lightbringer

The sobriquet “Lightbringer” is not softly won, nor softly maintained beyond death. The legend of noble Uther guides the Alliance years after his passing.

Many devout followers of the Light were killed during the First War, unprepared for the sheer brutality of warfare against the Horde. The leader of the Clerics of Northshire, Alonsus Faol, believed that the Light could protect the faithful and devoted, and thus began training the most virtuous knights of Lordaeron to wield the Light in battle.

The first knight to be named a paladin was Uther, who helped found the Knights of the Silver Hand alongside Archbishop Faol and became a legend among his order. When the Second War began, Uther fought alongside his brother-in-arms, Turalyon, to fend off the forces of Horde commander Orgrim Doomhammer and lead the Alliance in a final, successful attack on the Dark Portal. In the wake of the Horde's defeat, Uther helped rebuild Stormwind City and cared for the sick and injured.

Uther remained in a leadership role with the Silver Hand for years, eventually taking Lordaeron's prince, Arthas Menethil, as his apprentice. The two forged a close relationship as teacher and student, and together they served justice throughout the land…until the Scourge struck Lordaeron. Arthas' growing anger at the spreading plague of undeath led him to horrific acts—such as the culling of Stratholme—and his thirst for vengeance drove him to madness. After the prince became a champion of the Lich King and killed his own father, Uther decided to personally guard the urn of the slain king. Arthas and Uther fought in Andorhal, and when the battle ended, the legendary paladin lay dead.

Today, followers of the Light pay their respects to Uther at Stormwind's cathedral, where a statue of the revered paladin was built. A dedicated few trek to his tomb in the Western Plaguelands, where the Lightbringer's memory is an unyielding gleam in a land of death.

Official overview

Uther during the Second War

The legendary Uther Lightbringer was the first paladin of the Knights of the Silver Hand and a champion of the Light, sworn to defend the Alliance of Lordaeron from any potential threat. Wise, pious, and a beacon of hope to his allies, Uther is regarded as one of the greatest knights to ever live.

The kingdom of Stormwind was once a land of peace and prosperity. The age of tranquility came to a sudden end when orcs swarmed into Azeroth from the Dark Portal—a magical gate that connected the world of Azeroth with the orcish homeworld of Draenor. The orcs assaulted Stormwind’s kingdom, eager to plunder and claim its lands for their own. This was the start of what is now called the First War.

The clerics of Northshire took up arms to defend their lands from the orcish invasion, but it became evident that it would take incredible efforts to defeat the evils that threatened them. Their holy order of clerics took great losses; as strong as they were in spirit, they lacked the formal martial training of knights and had little understanding of the art of war.

Archbishop Alonsus Faol formed a new order that would combine the restorative and destructive powers of the Light with the strict martial training of the knights. Archbishop Faol chose his apprentice Uther to be the first of this new order. These holy knights became known as paladins, with Uther being appointed the First Paladin.

The order started by Archbishop Alonsus Faol was known as the Order of the Silver Hand. The Archbishop recruited knights willing to learn how to wield the Light and clerics ready to take up arms for their noble cause. The paladin’s potent combination of fighting prowess and holy powers made them incredibly formidable opponents in battle, and Uther was the greatest among them.

After the First War, many of the survivors of Stormwind traveled to Lordaeron to seek aid and succor from King Terenas Menethil II. The leader of Lordaeron formed alliances between the human kingdoms to unite them against the orcish Horde that swarmed over the lands.

The orcs assaulted numerous cities and key points throughout the Eastern Kingdoms, with the Alliance doing their best to try and stop the them. However, not all human kingdoms within Lordaeron rallied to the Alliance’s cause. The Kingdom of Alterac, led by Lord Perenolde, chose to instead strike a deal with the Horde, fearing that the Horde would emerge victorious over the newfound Alliance once the smoke had cleared. This treachery caused numerous problems for the Alliance, and led to an attempt on Uther’s life.

Uther as depicted by Samwise Didier

The Horde’s forces were slowly weakening against the growing Alliance. In a mighty push, the Alliance assaulted a major Horde fortress located in the Burning Steppes. Uther and his paladins were on the front lines in the battle of Blackrock Spire, and he earned the honorific “Lightbringer” after the battle.

With the capture of the Horde warchief, the Alliance pressed on to the orc’s last stand: the Dark Portal itself. General Turalyon led the Alliance’s charge against the orcs at the Dark Portal in what was considered the fiercest battle of the Second War. The Azerothian side of the Dark Portal was destroyed, thanks in part to the bravery and skill of Uther Lightbringer and the Order of the Silver Hand.

After the Second War, Uther continued to bravely serve the Alliance and its people, mentoring new paladins to the Order and serving as a shining example to aspiring knights and clerics throughout the Eastern Kingdoms. Uther took on the task of tutoring King Terenas’s talented son, Prince Arthas Menethil, in the ways of the paladin. Arthas and Uther trained together for years and grew as close as a family.

As the Third War began, Uther’s assistance was requested and he met with the young Cosmetics - PNG logo.pngJaina Proudmoore. Jaina brought dire news—the mysterious plague that was ravaging the kingdom was turning the infected into the undead Scourge, and Hearthglen was under attack from the seemingly endless army of undead victims that had fallen to this horrific illness. Uther and his paladins came just in time to help Jaina and Arthas, saving Hearthglen with their combined efforts.

Determined to save his kingdom, Arthas pressed on to Stratholme, but it was too late—the townsfolk had consumed tainted grain, the mechanism for quickly and efficiently spreading the plague throughout the kingdom, and would soon become the Scourge. Arthas ordered Uther and the Knights of the Silver Hand to destroy the town and the innocent people within. Uther adamantly refused the orders of the young Prince, telling Arthas he would not follow such an order—even if Arthas were the king himself. Furious with Uther’s defiance, Arthas accused Uther of treason and relieved Uther from command of the Knights of the Silver Hand and ordered those loyal to Lordaeron to join him in purging Stratholme of the impending evil. Uther took the paladins that remained loyal to him and left Stratholme, abandoning Arthas to his barbaric actions.

Uther informed King Terenas Menethil of his son’s inhumane actions in Stratholme, and much to the sorrow of the king, they agreed that Arthas’ judgment, and perhaps sanity, was wavering. Terenas sent an emissary to recall Arthas’ expedition in Northrend and order their return to the Kingdom of Lordaeron.

Arthas returned some time later, to the joy and celebration of Lordaeron’s townsfolk. However, Uther and the townsfolk were all shocked as Arthas drew the cursed Runeblade, Frostmourne, and slew his father in the Lordaeron throne room.

Uther had lost his king and one of his closest friends. He vowed to personally guard the king’s remains, which were placed in a ceremonial urn within Andorhal. There would be no safe haven for Uther and the remaining Order of the Silver Hand. Arthas, now a death knight, commanded his undead forces and swarmed the town, intent on taking Terenas’s urn for their own dark purposes. Uther would not back down from the impossible odds, bravely and defiantly standing toe to toe against the death knight to defend Terenas’ remains in a battle for the ages. Uther met his end at the hands of his former pupil, whom he once loved and cared for like his own son.

Uther’s tomb can be found in the Western Plaguelands, a shining beacon of hope in a land once overcome by darkness. His legacy lives on through the actions and teachings of the paladins, Azeroth’s brave defenders of the Light.[1]


Hero Power

Reinforce

Flavor text

When viewed in the Collection, Uther Lightbringer has the following flavor text:

Leader of the Knights of the Silver Hand. Best-selling author of The Light and How to Swing It.

Uther Lightbringer, full art by James Ryman

Sounds

TypeTranscript
Attack▶️For justice!
Death▶️<death sound>
Concede▶️The victory is yours.
Error: Too many minions▶️I have too many minions.
Error: Generic▶️I can't do that.
Error: Hand already full▶️My hand is too full!
Error: Hero already attacked▶️I already attacked.
Error: Minion not ready▶️Give that minion a turn to get ready.
Error: Minion exhausted▶️That minion already attacked.
Error: Not enough mana▶️I don't have enough Mana.
Error: Need a weapon▶️I need a weapon.
Error: Can't target Stealthed minion▶️I can't play that.
Error: Can't play that card▶️I can't target Stealthed minions.
Error: Not a valid target▶️That's not a valid target.
Error: Must attack Taunt minion▶️A minion with Taunt is in the way.
Emote: Greetings [Lunar New Year]▶️Happy New Year, Champion!
Emote: Greetings [Fire Festival]▶️Happy Midsummer Fire Festival!
Emote: Greetings▶️Well met!
Emote: GreetingsEmote: Greetings [Mirror]▶️Yes! Well met, indeed!
Emote: Greetings [Happy Halloween]▶️Happy Hallow's End, Champion!
Almost out of cards▶️I'm almost out of cards!
Start [Mirror]▶️I will command the light.
Unused: Greetings [Happy Noblegarden]▶️Happy Noblegarden, Champion!
Out of cards▶️I'm out of cards!
Emote: Oops▶️That was a mistake.
Unused: Greetings [Pirate Day]▶️Avast, ya scurvy scallywags!
Unused: Sorry▶️I am sorry.
Start▶️I will fight with honor!
Emote: Thanks▶️Thank you.
▶️Hmmm...
▶️I wonder...
▶️Let me think...
Emote: Threaten▶️Justice demands retribution!
Running out of time▶️I must move quickly!
Emote: Well Played▶️Well played.
Emote: Greetings [Holidays]▶️Happy Feast of Winter Veil, champion!
Emote: Wow▶️By the Holy Light!
Emote: Greetings [Happy New Year]Selection in Choose Your Hero<VO sound>

History

Removed emotes

Type Emote
Good game Good Game.

Trivia

Patch changes

    • 23.6.0.142295 (2022-06-27):
      • artist: to James Ryman.
    • 5.0.0.12574 (2016-04-24):
      • Wow emote added. Sorry emote no longer available.
    • 4.2.0.12051 (2016-03-14):
      • "Happy Feast of Winterveil, champion!" changed to "Happy Feast of Winter Veil, champion!"
    • 4.1.0.10956 (2015-12-04):
      • Winter Veil emote added.
    • 4.0.0.10833 (2015-11-10):
      • Mirror start emote added.
      • Taunt error message changed from "I must attack the minion with Taunt." to "A minion with Taunt is in the way."
    • 1.1.0.6024 (2014-07-22):
      • mechanics: AttackVisualType to AttackVisualType,HERO_POWER.
    • 1.0.0.3140 (2013-05-23):
      • Added.
Playable heroes
Default heroes
Icon Demon Hunter 32.png Icon Druid 32.png Icon Hunter 32.png Icon Mage 32.png Icon Paladin 32.png Icon Priest 32.png Icon Rogue 32.png Icon Shaman 32.png Icon Warlock 32.png Icon Warrior 32.png
Illidan 64.png
Illidan
Malfurion 64.png
Malfurion
Rexxar 64.png
Rexxar
Jaina 64.png
Jaina
Uther 64.png
Uther
Anduin 64.png
Anduin
Valeera 64.png
Valeera
Thrall 64.png
Thrall
Guldan 64.png
Gul'dan
Garrosh 64.png
Garrosh
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Demonic
ShandoMalfurion 64.png
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Wanderer
FireMageJaina 64.png
Fire Mage
LightforgedUther 64.png
Lightforged
KingAnduin 64.png
King
CapnValeera 64.png
Cap'n
WarchiefThrall 64.png
Warchief
ShadowGuldan 64.png
Shadow
CorruptGarrosh 64.png
Corrupt
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Demonbane
Cenarion Malfurion 64.png
Cenarion
Giantstalker Rexxar 64.png
Giantstalker
Arcanist Jaina 64.png
Arcanist
Uther Lawbringer64.png
Lawbringer
Anduin of Prophecy 64.png
Prophecy
Nightslayer Valeera 64.png
Nightslayer
Earthfury Thrall 64.png
Earthfury
Felheart Guldan 64.png
Felheart
Garrosh of Might 64.png
Might
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Felravager
Storm's Rage Malfurion 64.png
Storm's Rage
Dragonstalker Rexxar 64.png
Dragonstalker
Netherwind Jaina 64.png
Netherwind
Judgement Uther 64.png
Judgement
Transcendence Anduin 64.png
Transcendence
Deathmantle Valeera 64.png
Deathmantle
Ten Storm Thrall 64.png
Ten Storm
Nemesis Gul'dan 64.png
Nemesis
Garrosh of Wrath 64.png
Wrath
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Skullbearer
EmeraldMalfurion 64.png
Emerald
WarsongRexxar 64.png
Warsong
ScholarJaina 64.png
Scholar
SecondWarUther 64.png
Second War
SI7Anduin 64.png
SI:7
GladiatorValeera 64.png
Gladiator
Frostwolf Thrall 64.png
Frostwolf
Shadowmoon Gul'dan 64.png
Shadowmoon
NagrandGarrosh 64.png
Nagrand
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Ember Court
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Infernal Armor
IllidanTheNaughty 64.png
Naughty
ShaIllidan 64.png
Sha
SabertenderIllidan 64.png
Sabertender
Mrrgillidan 64.png
Mrrgillidan
IllhoofIllidan 64.png
Illhoof
DruidOfTheFlameMalfurion 64.png
Flame
WinterFuryMalfurion 64.png
Winter Fury
SteelGuardianMalfurion 64.png
Steel Guardian
IceLordMalfurion 64.png
Ice Lord
Firefang Rexxar 64.png
Firefang
Flamewalker Rexxar 64.png
Flamewalker
RobinHoodRexxar 64.png
Robin Hood
IronHunterRexxar 64.png
Iron Hunter
SnowflipperRexxar 64.png
Snowflipper
BlackOxRexxar 64.png
Black Ox
DenwatcherRexxar 64.png
Denwatcher
Apprentice Jaina 64.png
Apprentice
Archmage Jaina 64.png
Archmage
Kul Tiran Jaina 64.png
Kul Tiran
RedRidingHoodJaina 64.png
Red Riding
ArcaneSentinelJaina 64.png
Sentinel
FrostFairyJaina 64.png
Frost Fairy
RedCraneJaina 64.png
Red Crane
FestivalJaina 64.png
Festival
JainaProudmurgle 64.png
Proudmurgle
HorsemanUther 64.png
Horseman
GuanYuUther 64.png
Guan Yu
RighteousInfernoUther 64.png
Inferno
AscendedUther 64.png
Ascended
StarAscendantUther 64.png
Star Ascendant
GreenchUther 64.png
Greench
ZhugeLiangAnduin 64.png
Zhuge Liang
PrinceCharmingAnduin 64.png
Charming
HolyLeviathanAnduin 64.png
Leviathan
LittleLionAnduin 64.png
Little Lion
ButlerAnduin 64.png
Butler
DiaoChanValeera 64.png
Diao Chan
TitanbladeValeera 64.png
Titanblade
ValeeraTheNice 64.png
Nice
GardenPartyValeera 64.png
Garden Party
Thrall, Son of Durotan 64.png
Durotan
Alterac Thrall 64.png
Alterac
Wolfrider Thrall 64.png
Wolfrider
FrogPrinceThrall 64.png
Frog Prince
MechaconduitThrall 64.png
Mechaconduit
SnowmanThrall 64.png
Snowman
JadeSerpentThrall 64.png
Jade Serpent
HouseOfRitualsGul'dan 64.png
Rituals
FelColossusGul'dan 64.png
Fel Colossus
Mogu'shanGul'dan 64.png
Mogu'shan
HatcherGul'dan 64.png
Hatcher
LüBuGarrosh 64.png
Lü Bu
PirateKing 64.png
Pirate King
Forge-wroughGarrosh 64.png
Forge-wrought
GarroshTheWild 64.png
Wild
GarroshTheChained 64.png
Chained
Alternate heroes
Icon Demon Hunter 32.png Icon Druid 32.png Icon Hunter 32.png Icon Mage 32.png Icon Paladin 32.png Icon Priest 32.png Icon Rogue 32.png Icon Shaman 32.png Icon Warlock 32.png Icon Warrior 32.png
Promotional and special events
Empty 64.png Lunara 64.png
Lunara
AmbassadorFaelin 64.png
Faelin
Empty 64.png Celeste 64.png
Celeste
Liadrin 64.png
Liadrin
Arthas 64.png
Arthas
Yrel 64.png
Yrel
Tyrande 64.png
Tyrande
Maiev 64.png
Maiev
Morgl 64.png
Morgl
Nemsy 64.png
Nemsy
Annhylde 64.png
Annhylde
PrinceRenathal 64.png
Renathal
Expansion pre-order heroes
Empty 64.png Elise 64.png
Elise
Hamuul 64.png
Hamuul
Empty 64.png Kel'Thuzad 64.png
Kel'Thuzad
LadyKatranaPrestor 64.png
Katrana
QueenAzshara 64.png
Azshara
Empty 64.png Lazul 64.png
Lazul
Empty 64.png Rastakhan 64.png
Rastakhan
LadyVashj 64.png
Vashj
Jaraxxus 64.png
Jaraxxus
Deathwing 64.png
Deathwing
Vanndar 64.png
Vanndar
Sire Denathrius 64.png
Denathrius
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Aranna 64.png
Aranna
Hazelbark 64.png
Hazelbark
Xuen 64.png
Xuen
Alleria 64.png
Alleria
Sylvanas 64.png
Sylvanas
Medivh 64.png
Medivh
Khadgar 64.png
Khadgar
Kael'thas Sunstrider 64.png
Kael'thas
Annoy-O 64.png
Annoy-O
Leeroy Jenkins 64.png
Leeroy
Sir Finley Mrrgglton 64.png
Finley
Empty 64.png EdwinVanCleef 64.png
Edwin
GaronaHalforcen 64.png
Garona
TheThunderKing 64.png
Thunder King
RagnarosShaman 64.png
Ragnaros
Empty 64.png Magni 64.png
Magni
Alternate portraits
NightborneAranna 64.png
Nightborne
FelfireworkAranna 64.png
Felfirework
SongstressAranna 64.png
Songstress
Cherry Blossom Lunara 64.png
Cherry Blossom
Sea Dryad Lunara 64.png
Sea Dryad
Guff Murtotem 64.png
Murtotem
FireflowerLunara 64.png
Fireflower
ArdenwealdLunara 64.png
Ardenweald
Naga Sylvanas 64.png
Naga
FlameshotSylvanas 64.png
Flameshot
SanguineSylvanas 64.png
Sanguine
Navigator Khadgar 64.png
Navigator
EternalMedivh 64.png
Eternal
RevelerKaelthas 64.png
Reveler
AdmiralLiadrin 64.png
Admiral
FireGlaiveLiadrin 64.png
Fire Glaive
VenthyrLiadrin 64.png
Venthyr
IceLadyTyrande 64.png
Ice Lady
HandmaidenTyrande 64.png
Handmaiden
TorchbearerTyrande 64.png
Torchbearer
KyrianTyrande 64.png
Kyrian
MarinerMaiev 64.png
Mariner
VendorMaiev 64.png
Vendor
SuspectMaiev 64.png
Suspect
DeepseaMorgl 64.png
Deepsea
KaldoreiVashj 64.png
Kaldorei
Murragnaros 64.png
Murragnaros
JugglerMorgl 64.png
Juggler
MorglHolmes 64.png
Holmes
WintersLittleHelperNemsy 64.png
Little Helper
DiverNemsy 64.png
Diver
FeastNemsy 64.png
Feast
SparkspinnerNemsy 64.png
Sparkspinner
SculleryNemsy 64.png
Scullery
GreatfatherWinterMagni 64.png
Winter
ShipwreckedMagni 64.png
Shipwrecked
RoasterMagni 64.png
Roaster
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Initiate
Adept Kurtrus 64.png
Adept
Trainer Kurtrus 64.png
Trainer
Vengeant Kurtrus 64.png
Vengeant
Guff
Guff Runetotem 64.png
Runetotem
Spelunker Guff 64.png
Spelunker
Fangbound Guff 64.png
Fangbound
Fauna Friend Guff 64.png
Fauna Friend
Tavish
Tavish Stormpike 64.png
Stormpike
Tavish for Hire 64.png
For Hire
Lootmaster Tavish 64.png
Lootmaster
Sniper Tavish 64.png
Sniper
Varden
Apprentice Dawngrasp 64.png
Apprentice
Explorer Dawngrasp 64.png
Explorer
Elementalist Dawngrasp 64.png
Elementalist
Pyromancer Dawngrasp 64.png
Pyromancer
Cariel
Trainee Cariel 64.png
Trainee
Northwatch Cariel 64.png
Northwatch
Stalwart Cariel 64.png
Stalwart
Dungeoneer Cariel 64.png
Dungeoneer
Xyrella
Survivor Xyrella 64.png
Survivor
Shardseeker Xyrella 64.png
Shardseeker
Lightweaver Xyrella 64.png
Lightweaver
Shadow-touched Xyrella 64.png
Shadow-touched
Scabbs
Chef Scabbs 64.png
Chef
Agent Scabbs 64.png
Agent
Investigator Scabbs 64.png
Investigator
Undercover Scabbs 64.png
Undercover
Bru'kan
Barrens Bru'kan 64.png
Barrens
Dungeoneer Bru'kan 64.png
Dungeoneer
Venerable Bru'kan 64.png
Venerable
Deadmines Bru'kan 64.png
Deadmines
Tamsin
Scholomance Tamsin 64.png
Scholomance
Impressive Tamsin 64.png
Impressive
Summoner Tamsin 64.png
Summoner
Tamsin Triumphant 64.png
Triumphant
Rokara
Young Rokara 64.png
Young
Recruit Rokara 64.png
Recruit
Rokara of the Horde 64.png
Horde
Defiant Rokara 64.png
Defiant

References[]

 
  1. Blizzard Entertainment (2014-05-06). Hearthstone Official Site: Uther Lightbringer, The Paladin
  2. Ben Thompson on Twitter. (2014-07-08). 

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